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Old 09-24-2004, 05:07 PM   #1
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Question RPM not really an RPM?


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Here's my problem. As a newbie, I don't know what to do when I want to install software on my own ( I know about URPM for Mandrake, which is what I use). So when I downloaded the latest RPM for GAIM (from their website) and used the RPM command in Konsole, it gives me this error (gaim-1.0.0-0mdk10.0.i586.rpm: not an rpm package (or package manifest)). I tried double clicking the file instead, and it says that it was installed, but it doesn't tell me where it was installed or even puts anything into the "start" menu (what's this really called in linux?). I've had to settle for the old version that the URPM locations provide me with. Can anyone help? Thanks in advanced!
Old 09-24-2004, 05:08 PM   #2
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Did you check the MD5SUM of the downloaded file? It's possible that it got corrupted in download.
Old 10-24-2004, 02:54 AM   #3
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A little help

To find out which version is installed on your system type: rpm -qa | grep gaim

To find out where gaim(merely an example) is installed, type: which gaim

Once you download the rpm yourself, you can install it a couple of different ways. First of all, make sure the rpm is for your version of Mandrake that you are using(cat /etc/mandrake-release) to find out the version you currently run. Once you have the correct rpm for your system, as root and in the directory you downloaded the rpm to you can do either of these commands:

rpm -Uvh filename.rpm (replacing filename with the actual name of the rpm)
The -Uvh means Upgrade. This will upgrade any previous versions of that application that are on your system currently.


urpmi filename.rpm(again, replacing filename with the actual name of the rpm)
By doing this, if there are any dependencies needed, urpmi should automagically download and install them for you as well as the rpm you are trying to install.

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